Eligible since: 2007 (The 2008 Induction Ceremony)
Nominated in: 2017
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2032 (ranked #402) .
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No comment. Bad Brains speaks for itself!
Posted by L.T. on Wednesday, 12.27.06 @ 13:28pm
Bad Brains must be inducted.
Posted by Jason on Sunday, 12.31.06 @ 23:04pm
Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 07:51am
Sadly, they might not be inducted, but they certainly should be.
Posted by Matt on Thursday, 01.25.07 @ 13:40pm
First fast loud black hardcore group. But DC is not rock central
Posted by Jack on Monday, 02.5.07 @ 12:36pm
i'll give them credit for truly taking down yet another racial barrier. but their sound was completely derivitive of everyone else at the time. 80's hardcore just got to stolid, too samey and boring. i remember when the scenes in l.a. and d.c. finally started to die down, i let out a big sigh of relief.
Posted by rick on Thursday, 02.22.07 @ 09:35am
The question isn't "Should they be inducted?" Of course. They were a radical band -- who the hell else would have combined hardcore with reggae and made something of it? -- but the question is "WILL they be inducted?" There aren't enough voters representing punk, reggae or black rock to push them anywhere near the attention of the sheep in the middle ground. Were they to be inducted, it would be an earth-shattering moment in music history, and I would light a candle, then play their first album nonstop for 24 hours in tribute. But I don't see it happening ...
Posted by franorama on Tuesday, 03.13.07 @ 01:22am
Bad Brains should because they were one of the innovatros of hardcore punk. However, I feel they will be out-voted by bigger names like Metallica and Madonna. My vote's for Bad Brains.
Posted by boysdontcry67 on Thursday, 03.22.07 @ 17:44pm
sorry rick buddy but you're completely wrong. Bad Brains were the originators of it all. They were playing songs like "pay to cum", "I against I", and "the big takeover" in the mid-'70's. Way before the early '80's wave of american hardcore. They are the orginal. They were the loudest, fastest, most sonically offensive rock had ever produced in their time. Every modern hard rock band lives in the shadow of the Bad Brains. Music has still yet to catch up with the genius of Banned in D.C., I Against I and the s/t. They proudly stuck a middle finger in the face of (at the time) every trend in music. Not to mention that they're live shows are considered by many critics to be, not just one of the best, but perhaps THE BEST live experience to ever grace hard music. Just go check out Bad Brains: Live at CBGB 1982 and try and tell me that that isn't pure brute energy and ferocity. Hard music at it's finest.
Posted by Blake on Sunday, 04.8.07 @ 00:49am
They are one of the greatest influence of Rage against the machine
Posted by roméo on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 13:41pm
The Beastie boys also claim they are influenced by them
Posted by roméo on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 13:43pm
bad brains will definitely be inducted when the "big names" start to get lamer and lamer. I believe they will have a year that will allow these hardcore/punk bands in:
Posted by john on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 15:06pm
Should they? Yes, yes, a thousand times YES!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Chalkie on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 10:08am
of course they should be. they are the best punk rock band of all time.
Posted by Justin on Monday, 12.17.07 @ 14:16pm
If they are not inducted, they should tear the place down
Posted by Chalkie on Monday, 02.25.08 @ 10:52am
Bad Brains invented hardcore punk. They took the Sex Pistols and Ramones and made it three times as face, loud and in your face. H.R. was the real deal. But what set them apart from most was they had true musical talent. These guys were playing jazz fusion before they discovered punk, and there are amongst the best musicians ever to play rock, not least punk. That they mixed their sound with reggae and dub was another mark of their greatness. To have been at one of their shows in the 70's and 80's was a true privilege.
Posted by Measles on Saturday, 04.5.08 @ 04:23am
This is a tough decision. The bad brains were one of the most influential bands in 80's hardcore punk. And they even had a name in the reggae world.
Posted by Justin on Thursday, 05.22.08 @ 08:41am
Bad Brains is one of the best bands of all time. Just go and listen to Dr. Know pull off those sick solos, H.R.'s voice going from deep to high pitched in a millisecond, Jennifer's amazing live bass playing (Youth Are Getting Restless CD), and the drummer, Earl Hudson, is still my favorite of all time.
Posted by Jerry on Sunday, 06.15.08 @ 15:27pm
Bad Brains are the holy grail of hardcore punk rock. They should get in the hall of fame. They should be the first hardcore punk band inductedand I think other hardcore bands bands will follow such as black flag, minor threat, dead kennedy's, the circle jerks, and maybe a few other hardcore bands.
Posted by charlie on Friday, 08.8.08 @ 16:10pm
They rocked the hardest of any band I have ever seen--- and although I missed a few notable bands, I did get to see the Ramones a dozen times Johnny Thunders twice, and Iggy Pop once (so far--- with David Bowie on keyboards.) The Bad Brains were louder and more intense than all three of those acts put together. But they are a little too obscure for the Hall and their record as a recording act was spotty at best.
Posted by Timothy Horrigan on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 16:15pm
If Bad Brains don't get in, than the Rock and Roll Hall of fame is a fraud.
Posted by Richard on Thursday, 05.7.09 @ 01:55am
I'm not the biggest fan of hardcore punk, but Bad Brains is the expection. The first to blend punk music with reggae definately counts as innovation. I can hear influence of this band in grunge, thrash metal, and today's punk bands. Yes, they deserve it.
Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.17.09 @ 22:59pm
"The first to blend punk music with reggae definately counts as innovation."
Posted by Elastic Man on Saturday, 07.18.09 @ 00:19am
Definitely. Very unique band.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.16.10 @ 17:29pm
"Bad Brains invented hardcore punk."
Posted by Sam on Monday, 11.29.10 @ 06:27am
Are you kidding me? These guys are awful.
Posted by Bob on Sunday, 02.27.11 @ 19:14pm
Greatest American punk group after the Ramones.
Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 13:49pm
I understand why they wouldn't be inducted. But to me they were the best of the so-called hardcore bands. And the trick was that they never labeled themselves as a "hardcore" band.
Posted by astrodog on Monday, 12.12.11 @ 15:49pm
Saw these rockers at Bonnaroo. Great set. Lead singer sort of looked like an older Ronnie Van Zant. They would get the crowd in a frenzy & then would interspirse one of their reggae numbers to bring them back down.
Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 06.14.12 @ 07:36am
Massive snub thus far.
Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 12.13.12 @ 14:44pm
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:51pm
I hate to admit this but I kinda like that they are being massively snubbed. To me, Bad Brains have always been waiting for people to catch up to them. It's why they play hard and fast or slow and spiritual. It's why they play music that cant really be boxed. I'm not surprised they haven't been inducted in to the Hall because it's never been about that. They are too good to ignore, even if it's not your style
Posted by Goodone917 on Monday, 02.16.15 @ 14:09pm
Glad you got to see them, Goodone! Hope you stayed for Flogging Molly. That was a hell of a one. two punch :-)
Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 02.17.15 @ 07:21am
Awesome that they got nominated! A bit curious they got nominated before Black Flag but still awesome.
Posted by Rick on Tuesday, 10.18.16 @ 08:16am
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